A TEEN’S TAKE: Codi Whittington on saving the planet

“I think it is important to protect not just aquatic wildlife, but the environment and the animals who live in it all together. The environment is important, and we must protect it in order to maintain sustainability and conserve habitats for future generations.”

Age: 18.

School: LSU, freshman.

Parents: Thomas and Karen Whittington, of Abita Springs.

FAVORITES:

Book: “All-American Girl.”

TV show: “How I Met Your Mother” and “Friends.”

Movie: “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”

Music: Pop and country.

Hangout: “The mall.”

Role model: Gandhi.

Extra: Codi Whittingon will be participating with International Student Volunteers in a summer program in Australia, where she will be working to restore Australia’s deteriorating natural habitat and declining animal population. “The first time a speaker came to my Renewable Natural Resources class and explained what a wonderful and exciting experience it would be to travel with ISV and help discover and protect koala bears and conserve their environment, Australia is where I need to go, and traveling with ISV organization is the perfect opportunity,” she said. “As a pre-veterinary student, volunteering my time in Australia to work with animals and help the environment we all so desperately need is an opportunity I just can’t pass up.” The full-time student works at LSU’s Sport Shop during the week, and did so during all of the home football games, to save for her summer experience. “I will be staying on campus through half of the holidays working to earn more money and seeking sponsorships to pay for the rest of my cost,” she said.

William Taylor

Assistant People editor